Talk:Americans for Prosperity

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Saving reference: Peter H. Stone, "Watch Out, Dems: Sheldon Adelson And The Koch Brothers Are Closer Than Ever," Huffington Post, June 14, 2015.

Moving state staff to talk page (outdated, but saving list here in case it's useful)

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I removed the statement that AFP was founded in 2003 "with money from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation" as I can't find a source for this. I have checked the 2003 and 2004 returns of the foundation and AFP is not listed there. It may be that the group was founded with $ from one of the other Koch foundations. So pending finding a primary reference I have moved this statement off the article page.--Bob Burton 19:55, 17 February 2009 (EST)

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User:JackStone posted the following unreferenced material on the article page - I have removed it pending the addition of a better source than Perdue's role as donoe being "acknowledged as a major donor in AFP events". --Bob Burton 16:32, 30 August 2009 (EDT)

"The largest donor to Americans for Prosperity, Richard Perdue, has announced grants exceeding $1 million, and has been publicly acknowledged as a major donor in AFP events."

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I relocated this off the article page -- I'm not sure that a comment from a Daily Kos user necessarily means it should be featured on the article page.--Bob Burton 20:08, 9 September 2009 (EDT)

and "North Carolina's Karl Rove" by a contributor to Daily Kos.[2]

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The following material was unreferenced and the current Whois registration data doesn't support this statement.--Bob Burton 06:09, 10 September 2009 (EDT)

"The website was registered in 2003 by Antony Woodlief of the Mercatus Center."


2014 Elections

AFP Ad Buys Against Politicians Supporting Affordable Care Act

On April 23, 2014, Americans for Prosperity launched a series of ads in several targeted races across the country, including ads against in Michigan against Rep. Gary Peters, in Lousiana against Senator Mary Landrieu, in New Hampshire against Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and in Colorado against Senator Mark Udall.

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AFP faced criticism for its statements in its ad against Shaheen. In the ad, AFP claims "health care premiums up 90 percent in New Hampshire." However, Politifact rates these claims "False," stating: "The claim cited a Morgan Stanley report that based its New Hampshire numbers on data from just one insurance broker in the state. Experts say that’s far too small a sample to say anything definitive about what’s happening to premiums in the state."[3]AFP put $457,000 behind the ad buy.[4]

In the same wave of ads, AFP faced controversy its ad targeting Udall. The ad came under fire for using a picture of Udall and Barack Obama following a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. According to the Denver Post, the group "later released a new commercial without the image, but several family members who lost loved ones in the massacre released a statement decrying its use in the first place."[5]

According to Politico, AFP also spent $650,000 on May 14, 2014 in an ad buy criticizing Rep. Ann McLane Kuster's vote for the Affordable Care Act.[6]

AFP Spends Nearly $900,000 in Wisconsin in Support of Scott Walker

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Americans for Prosperity made $866,000 in ad buys in late May 2014 boosting Governor Scott Walker's reelection campaign.[7] The ad never mentions Walker by name; however, the ad touts the budget policies of his administration. Notably, it was AFP's 501(c)(3) arm, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, that produced the ad.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named 2007IRS
  2. Anglico "Meet Art Pope: NC's very own Karl Rove", Daily Kos, June 4, 2006.
  3. Politifact, AFP says health care premiums up 90 percent in New Hampshire, Politifact, April 23, 2014.
  4. Alexis Levinson, Americans for Prosperity Targets N.H. Senate Race, Roll Call, April 23, 2014.
  5. Lynn Bartels, Aurora theater victims decry use of image in AFP ad against Mark Udall, Denver Post, April 23, 2014.
  6. Politico, Morning Score, Politico, May 14, 2014.
  7. Jason Stein, Conservative group runs ad touting Gov. Scott Walker's policies, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 27, 2014.